places to visit

TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE COSTA BLANCA…

SANTA BARBARA CASTLE, ALICANTE

This historical castle is located on Mount Benacantil with 166 meters of altitude bordering the sea. The entire bay of Alicante is clearly visible and gives some spectacular panoramic views. The Museum of the City of Alicante is located in the Castle of Santa Barbara and offers a journey through the history of the City. Here you will find ten exhibition halls that have been restored and refurbished, each showcasing different archaeological materials found in various historical eras from archaeological sites in the city. Tel: 965 927 715 www.castillodesantabarbara.com

MARQ – ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, ALICANTE

MARQ Museum in Alicante is an archaeological museum which is dedicated to displaying its collection in a traditional way; as a collection of classified and catalogued finds. MARQ is a project faced with the challenge of being the first archaeological museum of the 21st century. As well as being a professional institution and an important educational space, MARQ also provides a spectacular and entertaining experience. The museum offers visitors the opportunity to find out about the various methods and techniques that are associated with archaeology. These are explained in three galleries dedicated to: Field Archaeology, Urban Archaeology and Underwater Archaeology. Various audio-visual and interactive presentations provide visitors with a detailed insight into the techniques that archaeologists use to discover the past. Tel: 965 149 000 www.marqalicante.com

TEATRO PRINCIPAL, ALICANTE

The Teatro Principal is one of the most important buildings in Alicante, located in the Plaza Ruperto Chapí. In 1845 several city merchants, two aristocrats, and two families of owners decided to build a theatre. The building project was carried out by the Alicante architect Emilio Jover Perrón in a neoclassical style and was named Teatro Principal . Until today, the theatre hosts some of the greatest concerts, operas and musicals in the region. Tel: 965 203 100 www.teatroprincipaldealicante.com

EL PALMERAL, ALICANTE

El Palmeral park in Alicante, found just off the N332 as you enter Alicante, is a mini oasis with stunning views of the mediterranean sea. Park “El Palmeral” is, as the name suggests, a park full of different palm trees. It is made up of several levels because the park is built against a hill. A picturesque waterfall provides refreshment and gives an extra dimension to the park. As you walk along the gravel paths, over wooden bridges, pass beautiful flower beds and rare palms, you will feel a sense of pure relaxation. The park has a boating lake and plenty of shaded seating spots, ideal for a picnic. Entrance is free and opening times are from 9 am to 10 pm.

ELCHE MUNICIPAL PARK

elche parkThe famous palm groves are the most characteristic cityscape of Elche also well known as the “Mediterranean Oasis”. They surround the city with a wash of vibrant green tropic, covering two miles long and a mile wide encasing around 200,000 palms, the perfect place for enjoyment and relaxation. Amongst the various types of palms , the park also houses a variety of plant species : bougainvillea, pine, magnolias , false peppers, bananas and even the odd Gabon tulip. The park is dotted with fountains and small ponds, including one with ducks and swans, ideal for children. Tel: 966 658 196

MAHE – ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, ELCHE

The MAHE is located in the historic centre of Elche and is divided into two sections: archeology and history. The area dedicated to archeology houses the rich heritage of Elche from the Neolithic to the late Antiquity. The history section is located in the Palace of the Lord Feudal, built on the old defensive system of Muslim origin. The castle, closely linked to the history of the town, houses the museum portraying the modern city of Elche, from its foundation to the 10th century. The MAHE Museum incorporates computer media, audiovisual resources and texts to offer a comprehensive, attractive and enjoyable approach to the history of the city. Tel: 966 658 203 www.elche.es

GRAN TEATRE, ELCHE

The Gran Teatro of Elche was inaugurated in 1996 after the remodeling carried out on the basis of the old “Kursaal” hall that opened in 1920. The theatre has become an iconic landmark in the city centre of Elche. For over two decades, around 100 annual theatre productions have performed on its stage. These include children’s theater, dance, ballet, classical music, rock, opera, flamenco and circus performances, both by national and international artists, as well as local productions. Tel: 966 658 147 www.elche.es

BODEGAS FAELO, ELCHE

Bodegas Faelo is a small family winery with more than 100 years of vine growing tradition. It is run by the fourth generation of traditional winegrowers in Matola, an area in the countryside of Elche called the “Vinos del Camp d’Elx (wines from the field of Elche). The winery has the perfect setting in a typical country house in Elche, also known as “faeneta”, with more than one hundred years of history, where the treading and pressing of grapes is still done with the “afollaor”, the same traditional utensils used first by grandfather Rafael Faelo in 1930. Bodegas Faelo offer a charming and friendly experience of specially prepared guided visits for you to find out more about the vineyard, taste their wines and local delicacies, while understanding the fascinating art of viticulture. Tel: 655 856 898 www.vinosladama.com

AUDITORIO TORREVIEJA

The Auditorium in Torrevieja, designed by the architect José María Tomás, is located next to a place of scenic interest “Alto de San Jaime”, and surrounded by two salt mines to the East and West, the source of wealth for the town of Torrevieja. The building stands within a large landscaped garden, and within it an Auditorium and a Conservatory, the latter designed within the bounds of the University campus. With its modern, spacious interior and amazing acoustics, Auditorio Torrevieja hosts a variety of spectacles. From classical operas and musicals to modern day international dance performances and rock & pop concerts. Tel: 966 920 140 www.auditoriotorrevieja.com

SALT LAKES, TORREVIEJA

The salt lakes of Torrevieja are one of the most tranquil and healthiest places to visit in the region. The high concentration of salt, together with the temperature forms a microclimate recommended by medical specialists all over the world, for its beneficial health properties in particular for heart disease, skin disorders, rheumatism, bronchial illness, arthritis and other climatically influenced health problems. Take a magical journey on the “Tourist Train” to discover this historical region and be amazed by its picturesque pink lakes. The tour is approximately one hour and leaves everyday from the Paseo de la Liberdad, Torrevieja. Train times are every hour on the hour from 10am till 7pm, with ticket prices at 7,95€ for adults, and 6.95€ for children (2-12 years) and over 65’s. Tel: 653 918 709

ZENIA BOULEVARD, LA ZENIA

This modern, open air shopping mall is the largest in the province and is considered a shopaholics paradise. It is designed for visitors to enjoy and have fun with something for every type of shopper, including a whole area dedicated to children with bumper cars, carousels and train rides around the mall. Its boulevard style is represented through the pretty streets & squares, palm trees & fountains, and the concerts and daily events give life to Zenia Boulevard making it special and surprising. The extensive and popular food hall on the top floor offers a variety of top quality restaurants alongside some spectacular views of the Orihuela Costa coastline. Tel: 966 761 530 www.zeniaboulevard.es

LORCA CASTLE, MURCIA

The Castle of Lorca in Lorca, Murcia, is a fortress of medieval origin constructed between the 9th and 15th centuries. It consists of a series of defensive structures that, during the Middle Ages, made the town and the fortress an impregnable point in the southeast part of the Iberian Peninsula. You can also find some remains of Islamic buildings, the ruins of the Jewish quarter and its synagogue, together with the 19th century military buildings, all reflecting an extensive sequence of human occupation. The castle visit makes an interesting and memorable day out with its panoramic views, guided tours, restaurant, exhibitions and activities for children. Tel: 968 959 646 www.lorcatallerdeltiempo.es